Monday, September 21, 2020

Basketweave Star - A Finish

Well it took awhile but was worth every minute.  This project reminded me of an old quilt saying, "quilts take a long time, when you don't work on them".  That was definitely the case for this project.  

I made this basketweave star block in 2016 using some Sundrops honeybuns.  I liked the block but was not in the mood to make more blocks so I threw everything in a project box.  Every now and then I would  open the project box and mull over my options of finishing, tossing, or doing nothing.  Doing nothing won out until this summer.  

Having very little motivation to work on any project I thought, "if not now, when?"

So little by little I pieced these 12 inch blocks

And decided 16 was just the right number of blocks.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 287
I've name it Basketweave Star
The pattern is Basketweave Star by Nydia and available here 
The fabric is Sundrops by Corey Yoder/Coriander Quilts for Moda
It finished at 52" x 52"
It has approximately 1,033 pieces.

I really like that secondary star pattern created by the background fabric.

I am among the most fortunate in the coronavirus crisis, my loved ones are healthy and we are sheltering at home.  But like everyone else my life has changed dramatically.  I love the amount of artistry, sense of purpose, and perseverance being shared on social media by this wonderful quilting community.  I look forward to the day that my creative spirit is recharged and that my sewing time is my happy time, until then thanks to all who continue to brighten our days with their creativity.  


  1. This is a pleasant creation and enjoyed seeing this today...I feel the same about creating and motivation but try to move on with sewing. Love how these colors warm up the whole top and pattern is so cute. This is a "happy quilt" so perfect that you finished now! Thanks for sharing

  2. Stunning, Thelma. And I'm glad to hear that you and your loved ones are doing well.

  3. Such an usual design and I too like the secondary stars. It sure has been a weird year. I fluctuate between lots of projects finishing lots of UFO’s trying to get enthused about spring cleaning. I love the quilting community, thanks for posting

  4. Your efforts were worthwhile :-) This is lovely! I'm feeling the same lack of motivation with sewing projects. I was doing pretty well till the fires started last month here on the West coast. I'm not near any, just concerned. It's slowly getting better now. Mostly I've felt restless. Sitting at the machine and sewing a mask seems to help so I've been pestering neighbors to see if they need more masks. HA! We are blessed to be healthy too. Thank you for posting. Your quilts are always inspiring.

  5. That’s really pretty. I love the colors you used.

  6. Persistence is everything! Really fascinating design--love it!

  7. What a lovely finish. I don't know what I would have done without being able to quilt these last few months. Zoom and Facetime sewing sessions with friends have made the time pass. I hope your sewjo returns soon.

  8. This is gorgeous, Thelma, I'm glad you finished it. Hope you get your sewing mojo back soon, in the meantime, are you making cakes?

  9. Another lovely finish, Thelma! I love the controlled scrappy look of these blocks. You are definitely not alone in feeling a loss of motivation. Many of us are still making things but productivity levels have really taken a dive.


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